By Council on Criminal Justice and Behavioral Health staff

Chapter 269, Statutes of 2017, included a name change for COMIO – going forward it will be known as the Council on Criminal Justice and Behavioral Health (CCJBH). Along with this name change, and other language in the bill, come exciting benefits and new activities for 2018. In the coming months CCJBH will be updating their website and other materials to reflect the new name.

CCJBH will be working on needed outreach and educational activities to spread the word about our name change and the deeper meaning it has for the scope of our work. Not only does this remove stigmatizing language but it directs the Council to address the needs of those who receive substance use disorder (SUD) services that have been determined to be medically necessary.

In addition, future appointments to the council are encouraged to be individuals with lived experience in the criminal justice and/or behavioral health system. In the coming year we will be working hard to increase our knowledge and understanding of SUD treatment, co-occurring disorders, and how these issues impact our target population.

Council members and staff are looking forward to new opportunities to strengthen partnerships and serve as a better resource to stakeholders and interested parties.

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